The Nigeria Senate has today, decided to push for an amendment of the Police reform bill, following the incessant killing of Nigerians by the men of Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
The development followed a motion by Senator Dino Melaye representing Kogi West Senatorial District, stating that there was incessant killing of innocent Nigerians by members of the Nigeria Police.
“Mr. President, distinguished members, I move a motion on Order 42, to explain that in the last one week, about three innocent Nigerians have been killed by SARS.
“There have been incessant killings by the happily triggered members of the Nigeria Police especially SARS. I want to say that Nigeria is not in a war situation, Mr President.
“We shall be having a report on Nigeria Police reform bill tomorrow (Wednesday) and I like the Senate to use the opportunity to reform the Police so that they shall not kill all of us.”
In his remarks, Saraki acknowledged that there was a spate of killings across the nation by members of the Nigeria Police.
He said, the Senate shall reform the bill in a manner that would stop killings, adding that the police must not take arms against those they are paid to protect.
Saraki urged the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Police Affairs to present the Committee’s report without delay.
“But then, we had the three refineries–Port Harcourt, Warri and Kaduna–for home consumption.
“Today our consumption has grown more than the three refineries can do, and what would have happened is that we would transfer one of the export-oriented refineries to feed the local market.
“That is the way that it would have been.”
The former head of state hoped that the modular refineries coming on stream will reduce the nation’s dependence on petrol imports and bring an end to subsidy.
“With the modular refineries coming up, I hope things will improve and there will be reduction of our dependence on export of our crude oil for refined petroleum products as this has created a lot of problem like subsidy and other challenges,” he said.
“I hope the modular refinery will solve the problem.”